The new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. T... Read More
The new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club. The SPD-SX takes many of the proven concepts from its predecessor and raises them to a new level. Whether you're firing off one-shot samples, looped phrases, or complete audio playback tracks, the SPD-SX is loaded with the latest technology and tools to get the job done with speed, precision, and convenience. Enjoy the most advanced triggering and sampling technology in a sleek, easy-to-use percussion instrument.
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All I can say, What a fun toy. Best impact sampler I'm aware of. I'm having fun with it at live shows messing with the crowd and my band.
The SPD-SX is a great upgrade from the SPD-S because I can connect it directly to my computer and program the pad accordingly. Also, there is plenty of space for me to save what I've done and backup onto a flash drive or computer is easy. This saves me so much time and preparation. This alone is worth it. I must say that the feel of the SPD-SX is not as precise as the SPD-S, however. For example, it seems as though the top pads must be hit in a certain spot in order to trigger the sound, whereas, with the SPD-S, I could hit any where on the cushion pad and will get my sound. This might be because I purchased a floor model that used as a sample in one of the stores. Overall, I love this machine. I use it to trigger in music and for percussion while using the Octapad as my drum set. I am virtually a one-man band, performing children shows. I'm able to play at shows using only the two pads, with the Roland Hi-Hat and KD-7 bass drum trigger added. I can set up in 20 minutes caring three bags (I carry my own speaker), two if a sound system is already provided. I sometimes add a real snare and a small Tom Tom, and use the triggers to connect it to the pads as well. I love it. I do believe that the price can come down a little, however, I don't see that happening because I don't recall a price drop on the SPD-S. It will take some time learning everything, but that's with anything these days. I recommend it.
and from what I've experienced with it by his usage, this is a fantastic improvement over the SPD-S, just in terms of the increased storage. As for Earl Brackett's review re: it not being compatible with OSX 10.7, I have a news flash for you, Earl. Go to Roland.com, then Product Support, click on the letter S, then click on the SPD-SX link and DOWNLOAD THE FRICKIN' DRIVER FROM THEM!!! Its right there on their website. Sure, it may not come out of the box with the driver. But chances are if you're contemplating getting/using this unit, you're pretty familiar with its capabilities as a sampler trigger ... and realize the drivers/versions get updated frequently and you need to be diligent with checking that out. This is a great unit for any band looking to implement more synth/sampling capability in their band. I've worked with 2 drummers now who've had these units (my current one with this unit and a previous drummer who had the SPD-S). It opens up possibilities for your band that are not possible unless you start delving into the world of MIDI sequencing. Certainly worth the investment but I agree w/Earl that the price will likely come down considerably soon so I'd wait for then to purchase.
This is the pad I've been waiting for.. for the last year or so I've been acting as both drummer and DJ for the hip hop project Earth Amplified, so I experimented with the original SPD-S, the SPD-30, and the Alesis Control Pad (used controlling ableton live), and have been frustrated with serious drawbacks on all of them: no sample loading on the SPD-30, memory shortage and having to use outdated flash cards to on the SPD-S, and bad phantom triggering problems on the Control Pad. I haven't been able to test it on stage yet, but after spending only about a day working with the SPD-SX, I am already so stoked to (and relieved!) that they finally made a pad with the flexibility necessary for real deal modern situations.
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